The nomination form lists one statement as criteria for nomination: “This recognition is to honor those whose impact and influence have made a significant and lasting difference in the development and quality of life in West Alabama.” Taylor said the rules are fluid, with the exception of that single criterion.
“There are no hard and fast rules, other than the general statement above. However, the CFWA tries to find those who have gone above their regular work responsibilities to contribute,” Taylor said. “This is usually associated with charitable work, religious contributions, etc. We also like to choose those who have been a part of our community for a number of years. It is important to us that the community recognizes these people – some of whom might go unnoticed.”
While the Pillars is an award for established members within the community, engaging the next generation is an important step for the program, Taylor said.
“I think the greatest benefit is encouraging the next generation to get involved. The Pillars have made this a great place to live, but if I want my grandchildren to have these blessings, it is incumbent upon me to continue to work for the betterment of our community,” he said. “Of course, there is satisfaction in seeing the family members’ gratitude in honoring their loved ones.”
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